Gear — The MSE Elevator

The MSE Elevator vertical tower for camera movements on the doorway dolly round d round Matthews

Matthews, aka MSE, has announced some new support, pardon the pun, for their popular low-profile Dutti Dolly professional camera rail system. (The Dutti Dolly, announced in February of last year, begins at $1,399.) With included 75mm, 100mm, 150mm bowl adapters for fluid heads, the MSE Elevator is also compatible with heavy-duty sliders, doorway dollies, tripods, pipe dollies, high hats, bazookas and any platforms with elemac-mounting-base or adaptor.

The MSE Elevator will attach to a number of base systems for vertical camera movements
The MSE Elevator will attach to a number of base systems for vertical camera movements

Able to be added to the Dutti Dolly system, the counterbalanced MSE Elevator tower will add vertical movements as well as a full 360º rotation. Matthews points out the 25.5” vertical range will provide camera travel between both sitting and standing positions.

In February, Matthews $1,399 Dutti Dolly was released as an incredibly low-profile solution that is just under 2” in height from the floor. At less than two-feet-square, the platform is very versatile for low angles or shots that require low tracking, as Matthews also provides Dutti Dolly track in 4’, 8’ and 12’ lengths. Tripods, bazookas, tilt plates and other adaptors or accessories can also be added to combine several camera movements or enhance pans and tilts.

The versatile MSE Dutti Dolly which will support the MSE Elevator
The versatile MSE Dutti Dolly which will support the MSE Elevator

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The MSE Elevator adjustments platform
The MSE Elevator adjustments platform

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The MSE Elevator on the MSE Dutti Dolly
The MSE Elevator on the MSE Dutti Dolly with track

MSE ELEVATOR — Key Features

25.5” of vertical lift and 360 degrees of infinite pan with tension adjustment.
Hard flight case included, with compartments for adapters and accessories.
Mounts to most elemac systems, including but not limited to: Matthews, Arco, Elemac, Panther and GFM
Mitchell Mount Included: 75mm, 100mm, 150mm Bowl adapters available to accommodate any fluid head.
Multiple 3/8-16 threaded holes for mounting accessories and or triangulating.
Dry running system. No grease on the rails or wheels. Just keep it clean.

The MSE Elevator with included case
The MSE Elevator with included case

MSE ELEVATOR — Specs and Specifications

MAXIMUM PAYLOAD: 23 kg (50.5 lbs)
SYSTEM WEIGHT: 7.7 kg ( 17 lbs)
KIT WEIGHT IN CASE: 22 kg (49 lbs) Including accesorries
VERTICAL TRAVEL: 66cm (25.5”)
SYSTEM HEIGHT: 101cm (40” )
ELEVATOR KIT – PN 415068: Elevator Supports 50.5lbs (23kg) weight capacity.
Kit Includes
– Elevator System (Elemac Base)
– Hard Flight Case w/Wheels
– Mitchell Mount
– Olympic Weight Bar and Retainer Clip
– 1 Year Warranty

Because of the incredibly short 2" height, the MSE Dutti Dolly can be used in a variety of ways
Because of the incredibly short 2″ height, the MSE Dutti Dolly can be used in a variety of ways

MSE ELEVATOR — Optional Equipment and Accessories


Mitchell to Elemac Adapter – PN 515025: Used to convert mitchell mounts to male elemac mounts. Required to mount the Elevator onto mitchell style mounts.
75mm Bowl Adapter – PN 395411: Precision machined mitchell mount to 75mm adapter. No tools or hardware required.
100mm Bowl Adapter – PN 395412: Precision machined mitchell mount to 100mm adapter. No tools or hardware required.
150mm Bowl Adapter – PN 395413: Precision machined mitchell mount to 150mm adapter. No tools or hardware required.

The MSE Elevator comes with 75mm, 100mm, 150mm Bowl adaptors for fluid heads and tripods
The MSE Elevator comes with 75mm, 100mm, 150mm Bowl adaptors for fluid heads and tripods

MSE ELEVATOR — MSE Introduces New Specialty Support – PRESS RELEASE

November 3rd, 2016

For Immediate Release

MSE Introduces New Specialty Support – The ELEVATOR

Burbank, CA. Matthews Studio Equipment known for creating innovative state of the art Technology That Complements Your Imagination for the entertainment industry has just started shipping their newest support production – The Matthews ELEVATOR system.

“Today’s filmmakers are often taxed with the challenge of capturing exciting footage but doing it on a conservative budget,” says Robert Kulesh, VP of Sales and Marketing for MSE. “Directors are always asking for dynamic camera moves but production often hasn’t budgeted for the additional support equipment that will allow crews to make that happen.”

Enter MSE’s new ELEVATOR system. “It assists filmmakers and shooters of all calibers on large and small sets in creating dynamic vertical camera moves without the additional cost of conventional dollies or cranes,” he adds.

The ELEVATOR is a simple counterbalanced elevation tower that serves a dual purpose. It allows for 25.5 inches of smooth vertical movement (covering the range between sitting and standing positions) and 360 degree panning, both equipped with drag control.

As with most MSE support products, the ELEVATOR system is platform agnostic. It works with everything from heavy-duty sliders, tripods, pipe dollies, high hats, bazookas. Virtually anything that uses an elemac mounting base.

The ELEVATOR’s simple 1:1 counterweight (Olympic size barbells) and multiple 3/8-16 threaded holes for mounting accessories and/or triangulation. The ELEVATOR will support any camera/fluid head combo up to 23kgs or 50.5 pounds.

The MSE Elevator tower for vertical camera movements
The MSE Elevator tower for vertical camera movements

Sliders, Pipe Dollies, and Doorway Dollies have become essential for most filmmakers, but are somewhat limited given that they only allow lateral movement. Combining the ELEVATOR to any lateral moving camera support piece creates a multi axis system, greatly expanding shooting capability while maintaining a small footprint. One person can easily carry it up a flight of stairs, or around set without killing your back.

“The ELEVATOR by Matthews opens many doors of creative opportunities for the adventurous cinematographer/videographer,” explains Kulesh. “When coupled with any of the myriad of available dollies or other camera transport devices, both the rising camera POV and rotational possibilities of the ELEVATOR offer new and previously almost impossible image capture with ease for the budget-conscious filmmaker.”

The ELEVATOR is now shipping to select dealers throughout the country. It will make its official European debut at The British Society of Cinematographers Expo, February 2nd and 3rd, in London. A sneak preview of the ELEVATOR by Matthews will be in the RAID stand during INTERBEE Expo, Makuhari Exposition Center November 16th thru 18th, 2016.

http://matthewsgrip.myshopify.com/products/elevator-counterbalanced-elevation-tower

MSE is a 46-year-old manufacturer of industry-specialized hardware, camera and lighting support. Its equipment is being used on entertainment productions and in major studios in over 90 countries around the world. The company has been honored with two Presidential “E” Award for outstanding contributions to growing U.S. exports, strengthening the economy and creating American jobs. Matthews has also been honored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for Technical Achievement. MSE offices are located at their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at 4520 West Valerio Street, Burbank, CA 91505. www.msegrip.com

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